SC transfers petitions challenging Agnipath to Delhi HC Agnipath Scheme

Publish Date: 20 Jul, 2022 |

The Supreme Court has given a big order on Tuesday on the petitions filed across the country against the 'Agneepath' scheme brought about recruitment in the army. Hearing the whole matter, the Supreme Court said that all the petitions will be heard in the Delhi High Court, it is worth noting that three petitions were engaged for hearing in the Supreme Court on the Agneepath scheme.

SC transfers all PILS to HC

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed transfer of all PILs challenging the Centre's Agneepath scheme for recruitment in the Army to the Delhi High Court. Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, Justice Surya Kant and Justice A.S. A bench of Bopanna also asked the High Courts of Kerala, Punjab and Haryana, Patna and Uttarakhand to transfer all the PILs against the scheme to the Delhi High Court or to keep the decision on them suspended till the Delhi High Court.

The bench said that the petitioners who have filed the petitions before these four High Courts can choose to be a party to the proceedings before the Delhi High Court. The Supreme Court said that it is transferring the petitions as it would be appropriate if it gets the benefit of the opinion of the Delhi High Court in this regard.

HC decision necessary

At the very beginning of the hearing, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, told the court that similar petitions are pending in a total of 5 High Courts. Mehta further said, "There can be 2 ways in this. Either the Central Government should file an application to transfer all the petitions to the Supreme Court, or the Delhi High Court should be asked by the Supreme Court to expedite the pending cases with them. Listen. The benefit of this will be that when the Supreme Court hears this matter, then a High Court's decision will be in front of it.


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